3 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers vs. the Broncos

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The Carolina Panthers’ defense will force multiple turnovers.

No team in the NFL has given the football away more than the Denver Broncos. This is something that might end up being a deciding factor, with the Carolina Panthers defense has been pretty opportunistic, averaging 1.3 takeaways per game.

Carolina also leads the league in fumble recoveries with 12, the most since their Super Bowl run in 2015 that fell agonizingly short thanks to a disappointing Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

Turnovers from game to game are nearly impossible to predict. But Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has given the ball to the other team in all but one game this season.

In addition to his horrid completion percentage of 55.4, turnovers are just another reason why his future as Denver’s starter is in question during what is only his second season in the NFL.

As noted earlier, the Panthers’ offense will likely continue to struggle in the red zone this week. So creating extra opportunities on defense will be key.

Getting one takeaway is close to a guaranteed outcome. But I think the Panthers’ defense builds off of their opportunistic performance against the Vikings and forces multiple turnovers to help out their offense.

If they can manage to do this after a good spell of rest during their bye week, then it will give them a solid chance of securing success.